Zoology - B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
256 Cunningham Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-3613
kentbiology@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/biology


Description

The Bachelor of Science in Zoology offers a modern and integrative study of animals. Students in this program will learn about individual animals as well as populations of animals across all levels of biological organization, from genes to ecosystems. The program also focuses on animal behavior and physiology, as well as how animals evolve, contribute to biodiversity and interact with each other and their environment. Students considering a career in veterinary medicine should choose this major. Students may seek employment immediately after graduation or continue their education in graduate or professional programs. Those entering the workforce may go on to work for national or local parks, zoos/aquaria, museums, animal research facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centers, veterinarian offices or humane societies. The Department of Biological Sciences has several mechanisms to help students prepare for their future careers.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental biological principles as outlined in specific courses. 
  2. Acquire fundamental skills necessary for laboratory and field investigations. 
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of proper experimental design, analysis of biological data and communication of research results. 
  4. Demonstrate a greater knowledge and appreciation of the role that biology plays in societal issues, such as those related to the environment, biodiversity, ethics, human health and disease.
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-BS-ZOOL]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 10110BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 10120BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 30156ELEMENTS OF GENETICS 3
BSCI 40163EVOLUTION 3
BSCI 40600WRITING IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (WIC) 11
CHEM 10060GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10061GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
CHEM 10063GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
CHEM 20481BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 3-4
or CHEM 30481 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
Organic Chemistry Elective, choose from the following:1-3
BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (ELR)
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
MATH 12002ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
MATH 12003ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS II 3-5
or MATH 30011 BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
Zoology Electives, choose from the following:11-12
CELL BIOLOGY
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
GENERAL ECOLOGY
VERTEBRATE ANATOMY
VERTEBRATE EMBRYOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENTAL ANATOMY
INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
ENTOMOLOGY
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY I
MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY II
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
ANIMAL PARASITOLOGY
Science Electives, choose from the following:26-27
Biology (BSCI) Electives 2
BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (ELR)
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS)
and GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB)
GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I (KBS) (KLAB)
GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS)
and GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB)
GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II (KBS) (KLAB)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)8
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)16
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Students should select their biology electives in consultation with an advisor. To fulfill this elective, students must select a minimum of one from the following courses. However, they may only select a maximum of 6 credit hours of any combination of these courses (with no more than 4 credit hours S/U graded). Enrollment in these course must be determined with a faculty advisor:

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Foreign Language College Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 8 credit hours of foreign language.1

  • Minimum Elementary I and II of the same language
1

 All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond the Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP),  the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional Information) . When students complete the requirement with fewer than 8 credit hours and two courses, they will complete the remaining hours with general electives.

  • The following Biology (BSCI) courses may NOT be used in the elective category for majors or minors in the Department of Biological Sciences:
    BSCI 10001HUMAN BIOLOGY (KBS) 3
    BSCI 10002LIFE ON PLANET EARTH (KBS) 3
    BSCI 10003LABORATORY EXPERIENCE IN BIOLOGY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
    BSCI 10005ANATOMY FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANS 5
    BSCI 11010FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 3
    BSCI 11020FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB) 3
    BSCI 16001HORTICULTURAL BOTANY 3
    BSCI 20019BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 4
    BSCI 20021BASIC MICROBIOLOGY 3
    BSCI 20022BASIC MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY 1
    BSCI 21010ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 4
    BSCI 21020ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4
    BSCI 26002ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF PEST MANAGEMENT 3
    BSCI 26003PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION I 3
    BSCI 26004PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION II 3
    BSCI 30050HUMAN GENETICS 3
    BSCI 40020BIOLOGY OF AGING 3

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!BSCI 10110 BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
!CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
!CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!BSCI 10120 BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
!CHEM 10061 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
!CHEM 10063 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
!BSCI 30156 ELEMENTS OF GENETICS 3
!CHEM 20481
BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
or ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
3-4
!MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
Organic Chemistry Elective 0-3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!MATH 12003
ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS II
or BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
3-5
Organic Chemistry Elective 0-3
Zoology Electives 7
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Five
BSCI 40600 WRITING IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (WIC) 1
Foreign Language 4
Science Electives 7
Zoology Electives 4
 Credit Hours16
Semester Six
Foreign Language 4
Science Electives 9
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
BSCI 40163 EVOLUTION 3
Science Electives 7
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Eight
Science Electives 3
General Electives 13
 Credit Hours16
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120